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Artisan Roast: Rwanda, Karisimbi, Abokamu Co Operative, Washed

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For a small country with almost exclusively one cultivar, Bourbon, Rwanda offers a wide range of diverse flavours for coffee drinkers, all as a result of terroir. Karisimbi washing station is in a zone of Northern Rwanda and has many of the characteristics all great coffees from this part of the country do.

The altitude in this area can be very high and with an average small holder altitude in the range of 2000m - 2200m above sea level coffee cherries ripen very slowly, developing high levels of sweetness. This sweetness can be tasted in abundance and the coffee has a distinctive muscovado sugar like flavour underlying all of it's complex nuances as well as a viscous syrup like mouthfeel. Northern Rwandan coffees have a nod to their Kenyan neighbours in flavour and taste balance too. In this coffee look for flavours of stewed fruits of rhubarb and red apple with a complex medium phosphoric acidity, almost reminiscent of cola, forming the main structure.

Beyond these attributes there is a delicious candied almonds finish and, when brewed as a filter, more subtle flavours of tangerine and jasmine become noticeable as the coffee cools.

Altitude: 2000 - 2200m asl
Farm/Coop: Karisimbi, Abokamu Co Operative
Great for: Aeropress, Filter, Black
Origin: Rwanda, Africa
Region: Gicumbi District, Northern
Process Method: Washed
Tasting Notes: Supreme balance with flavours of muscovado sugar, stewed red apple and rhubarb with a candied almonds finish. a gem of a coffee from northern rwanda.
Varietals: Red Bourbon

Roasting and delivery information

We roast every Monday and Wednesday (roasting days). Our cut off for planning orders for roasting is 12 pm on a roasting date. If an order is received after this cut off it will be prioritised on the next roasting day. Most items will be dispatched the next day (Tuesday and Thursday) We send the coffee by Royal Mail 1st Class post, which aims to deliver within 1 working day. For International delivery to Europe we use the Royal Mail International Standard service. This has a delivery aim of 5-10 days. For International delivery to World Zone 1 & 2 countries we use the Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed service. This has a delivery aim of 5-10 days.

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.